PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair celebrated its 150th anniversary with 461,104 visitors who traveled to Pueblo to have fun, support the next generation of farmers and learn more about one of our state’s key economic engines. : farming.
While overall attendance exceeded that of 2021 by just 1%, Fiesta Day, celebrated on Sunday, September 4, 2022, saw the biggest day of attendance in 13 years, with 69,562 visitors crossing the doors.
“Colorado was ready to celebrate this year. As we wrap up the 2022 State Fair season, I want to extend a huge thank you to all of our amazing partners, competitors, team members, volunteers, and guests,” said Scott Stoller, Colorado State Fair General Manager “The Colorado State Fair showcases the best of Colorado through agriculture, food, entertainment, competitions and fun family experiences and we are honored to share these experiences with our visitors.”
Fair goers enjoyed a slew of 4-H and FFA competitions, six days of rodeos, hundreds of vendors, the national mule championship, the creation of the world’s tallest slopper, a sculpture of 150 tons of sand and an impressive program of concerts.
Special events included the second annual Governor’s Plate contest, where Anne’s À La Mode won the Golden Plate with a delicious Habanero Peach Cup-O-Cobbler made with Colorado Proud ingredients, including Colorado peaches. To support the next generation of agricultural leaders, the Colorado Electric Co-op Junior Livestock Auction raised more than $491,000 to benefit Colorado youth seeking a future in agriculture. On Labor Day, a fireworks display successfully closed the fair.
In addition to the wide variety of events and competitions, the 150th Colorado State Fair Fine Art Competition sparked a global conversation about the role of artificial intelligence in creating digital art. Jason Allen of Pueblo West won the blue ribbon for his “Space Opera Theatre” presented in the “Digital Art/Digital Manipulated Photography” category. The result of this creative competition quickly took the internet by storm and sparked discussion about digital art as it continues to evolve, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, NPR, The Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes and many more.
With the 150th anniversary fair behind us, the Colorado State Fair team is already preparing for 2023. Grounds improvements will continue this year, as outlined in the fair’s master plan, which provides the blueprint for new attractive and flexible installations, with an emphasis on sustainability. and resilience.
By next August, the fairgrounds are expected to welcome visitors with improved facilities, including accessibility improvements to the Palace of Agriculture and Southwest Motors Event Center, completion of Gate 5 improvements and significant progress in revitalizing the reception plaza east of the gate. 5 entry. To follow Colorado State Fair 2023 updates, visit the Colorado State Fair Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts or visit the Colorado State Fair website.